Deceased Information


    Michelle Gary

    Michael Nechama bat Moshe Halevy v. Rivkah

  • AGE



    Tuesday, November 02, 2021 (Before Sunset)


    Thursday, November 04, 2021






    Meeting ID: 824 3544 0701

    Passcode: 228029


    Michelle Kravtin Gary, age 66, passed away surrounded by her loving family on November 2, 2021 due to complications from chronic illness. She was born October 12, 1955 in Columbus, Georgia to Maurice and Ruth Kravtin. She met the love of her life, Marc Gary, during her freshman year at Northwestern University. They married in 1977.
    A 1980 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Michelle gave up a promising career as a corporate lawyer to selflessly devote herself to raising her two children, Philip and Tammy. Dissatisfied with the opportunities for her children to pursue a Jewish day school education in the District of Columbia, Michelle, together with Marc, was one of the founders of the Jewish Primary Day School of Washington, D.C. (now the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capitol). One of Michelle’s first tasks upon the opening of the school was leading the school lunch program—making her the most overqualified lunch lady in Washington history. Michelle’s strong dedication to American Jewry surpassed solely starting a school: later in life she was an active board member of Ramah Darom in Clayton, Ga., the Jewish Women’s Archive of Brookline, Mass., and her local chapters of the American Jewish Committee in Atlanta, Boston, and New York. Michelle was truly a “woman of valor” (Proverbs 31:10).
    Michelle is survived by her husband Marc, her son and daughter-in-law Philip and Amanda Resnikoff Gary, and her daughter and son-in-law Tammy and Mark Friedman. She also leaves behind her mother, Ruth, her sisters, Patricia and Karen, and their husbands Jon Horowitz and Dana Shadrick. Michelle lived to see—and to adore—two grandchildren: Abigail and Miles.   She will be missed by her nephews, nieces, and cousins, as well as friends she made during her years in Washington, Boston, New York, and Atlanta. She loved, and was loved, fiercely.
    Please join us in celebrating her life on Thursday morning November 4, 2021, at 10:30, at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mount Vernon Highway, in Sandy Springs. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Jewish Committee at and the Jewish Women’s Archive at

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Diane Fair

    Dear Ruth: You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you comfort and strength at this difficult time. Looking forward to being together again at dinner. Fondly, Diane

    November 05, 2021 , 11:48 PM

  • Diane Fair

    Dear Ruth: You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you comfort and strength at this difficult time. Looking forward to being together again at dinner. Fondly, Diane

    November 05, 2021 , 11:48 PM

  • Jim Thompson

    I extend heartfelt condolences to Marc and family. My prayers are with you in this difficult time.

    November 05, 2021 , 03:40 PM

  • Debra F Tenenbaum

    Michelle was a woman of action, compassion, grace and goodness. This world has lost a beautiful soul. Our hearts are with each of you.

    November 05, 2021 , 03:41 AM

  • Gail Cohn

    Ruthie,Patsy,Karen,Gloria,Marc and families, It is with a heavy heart that I read about the loss of the ever -incredible Michelle.I have so many memories with her and all of you, Thinking of you with deepest sympathy and love.

    November 05, 2021 , 02:10 AM

  • Gayle Friedman Mendel

    I am so deeply saddened to hear of Michelle's passing. Michelle was one of my very first childhood friends. As we grew up together we shared many happy memories, from our birthday parties, to sleepovers and our little Hebrew group. My mother was Michelle's first grade teacher and absolutely adored her! Michelle will forever hold a very special place in my heart. Sending love and prayers to the family, and may her memory forever be a blessing.

    November 05, 2021 , 12:39 AM

  • Delia Tinnell Spinks

    I was so happy to see Mitzi at our last high school reunion in Columbus. We lived next door to the Kravtins and spent time as children with Mitzi and Patsy. I was so saddened to hear of her passing. I know memories of her remarkable life will live on. Prayers for her family.

    November 04, 2021 , 11:16 PM

  • Sue Ducat

    My late husband, Stan Cohen, and I, valued Michelle's good counsel and friendship during our years together supporting JPDS-NC. I send my condolences to Marc and family. Sue Ducat

    November 04, 2021 , 10:30 PM

  • Betty Marcus

    I have so many wonderful memories of growing up with Michelle in Columbus. My favorite is working with her to lead USY in Columbus. I attended the International convention with her and met Marc there with her. I never dreamed at that point that she would end up marrying him. I’m so glad she was able to share a wonderful life with Marc. My heart goes out to the family.

    November 04, 2021 , 10:16 PM

  • Sheldon and Kim Snipe (Smyrna, GA)

    Marc and family, we were saddened to hear about Michelle's passing. We hope and pray that our almighty father/mother God provides you some level of comfort and understanding during this difficult time.

    November 04, 2021 , 09:40 PM

  • Marty and Lois Lipeles

    We are so very sorry about the passing of Michelle. Although we haven't, living in California until recently, had the opportunity to spend much time together, when we were together, it always seemed as if we had been friends with Michelle forever; she was so warm and friendly, not to mention smart and lively. We wish all of you peace and comfort from your good memories of her. Love, Marty, Lois, Aaron, Elliot

    November 04, 2021 , 05:44 PM

  • Howard & Ronnie Zandman

    We were so saddened to hear of Michelle's passing. Her devotion to Marc, family and to Jewish continuity will forever bring blessings.

    November 04, 2021 , 03:45 PM

  • Joe Bruckner

    Mark, I’m so sorry to hear about Michelle. Michelle, you, and your family are in my prayers.

    November 04, 2021 , 03:27 PM

  • David L Winton

    My deepest condolences on your loss. My memories of your wife, mother, and Michelle's sisters came flooding back to me as a USY'er, a friend to my sister Lisa, and the many stories she would share. David Winton

    November 04, 2021 , 03:10 PM

  • Michael Karno

    Sharon and I were vary saddened to hear the news. She sounded like an amazing person and great influence on those she worked with and came in contact with as well as those she did not even know. May her memory be a blessing. Michael & Sharon Karno

    November 04, 2021 , 02:59 PM

  • Sue and Marc

    We are here for you and your family! Love

    November 04, 2021 , 02:32 PM

  • Sondra Ilgenfritz

    Sending heartfelt condolences to you, Marc, and your family.

    November 04, 2021 , 02:31 PM

  • David Kraemer

    I'm so sad for you, Marc and family.

    November 04, 2021 , 02:29 PM

  • Naomi & Jerry Snider

    Although we haven't seen you recently (except for Facebook posts), we have always thought of you as good friends and are so sorry to hear of your loss. May the support of your friends and family and your good memories help you in this trying time.

    November 04, 2021 , 02:29 PM

  • Robert & Gayna Kieval

    We were very shocked to hear of Michelle's passing and send our sincerest condolences. Robert & Gayna

    November 04, 2021 , 02:18 PM

  • Peter Martin

    Marc, Tammy, Phil: Words can't possibly convey how much our hearts ache. Michelle/Mom was so welcoming to me when I came to DC as a college student, Always cheerful, and family-centric. She was the energy for "paying it forward" that we need more of these days. Love you all. Stay strong for each other, and know we are there in spirit for you and for her. Love Peter (and family)

    November 04, 2021 , 02:00 PM

  • Steve Klimacek

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

    November 04, 2021 , 11:24 AM

  • Frank Kohn

    I was saddened to hear the passing of Michelle. I was part of the "little" Hebrew school group in Columbus. I will always remember Michelle as brilliant, passionate and caring. I know that she has touched many in her journey through life and has been an inspiration to many. May her memory be a blessing.

    November 04, 2021 , 02:39 AM

  • Leah F Chanin

    Dear Ruth and family. My heart aches for you . This is a terrible loss to you and to everyone who knew Michelle. May God's love shine on you and give you some peace and comfort. Leah Chanin. Washington, D.C.

    November 04, 2021 , 12:19 AM

  • Ramon Tasat

    ha-Makom yenakhem otkhem be tokh she'ar aveley Tziyon viYrushalayim. May the Creator of the Universe comfort you among the rest of the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

    November 03, 2021 , 11:41 PM

  • Sue and Alan Rothstein

    Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Marc and the entire family on the passing of Michelle, a true Woman of Valor. Her memory will surely be a blessing to all who were privileged to know her.

    November 03, 2021 , 10:46 PM

  • Lisa Winton

    Our family is so saddened by passing of Michelle. May her memory be for a blessing.

    November 03, 2021 , 10:28 PM

  • Nancy and Randy Gorod

    We are so sad to learn of Michelle's passing. May her memory be a blessing.

    November 03, 2021 , 06:51 PM

  • Robin Lewis

    Michelle was beloved by many and will be missed. Her memory will always be for a blessing

    November 03, 2021 , 06:22 PM

  • Dorian Denburg

    I'm so terribly sorry. Michelle was such a kind, warm, loving, generous woman. My heart breaks for Marc, Tammy, Philip and extended family and I hope they will be comforted by decades of wonderful memories and their loving circle of family and friends. My deepest condolences.

    November 03, 2021 , 05:41 PM

  • Amy & Mitchell Kaye

    We are so saddened to hear of the loss of our dear cousin Michelle. May her memory be for a blessing!

    November 03, 2021 , 05:10 PM

  • Scott and Shelley Kaplan

    The loss of Michelle leaves all of us stunned with a feeling of emptiness and personal loss. This wonderful and exuberant person has been a role model and mentor to many ever since her teenage years wherein she was a leader in every organization in which she served. There are stars in the sky whose light does not reach Earth until long after they are extinguished. Similarly there are people who continue to illuminate this world long after they have passed from it. Clearly Michelle was such a person. Through the lessons she taught, the stories she told, the role model she set, the life she led, and the deeds of goodness, generosity and loving kindness she constantly performed, she will be lovingly remembered by family and friends for a very long time to come. We will never be the same as we were before this loss, but we are ever so much better to have had someone so wonderful to know and love. May the memory of Michelle Gary be an eternal blessing to all who were honored and privileged to know and love her; and may we be comforted in the knowledge that she lived a most productive and joyous, albeit shortened, life.

    November 03, 2021 , 05:00 PM


    Our world has lost a treasure. Our deepest sympathy to Marc and the entire family. Her name will be for a blessing. Sent with love, Elaine and Jerry

    November 03, 2021 , 04:49 PM

  • Randy Farrow

    So sorry to hear this. May her memory be for a blessing and a source of comfort to you and your family

    November 03, 2021 , 03:58 PM

  • Reva Shapiro

    I am so very sad to hear about the passing of Michelle! We grew up in Columbus and celebrated good times together. Our “ little” Hebrew School group did so much together. She will be in my heart forever. Blessed be her memory. Reva

    November 03, 2021 , 03:53 PM

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